Regina Glass

My name is Regina Glass. I am 39 years old.  My parents separated when I was very young and my mother raised my brother and me as a parent, while she did the best she could to raise us, for the most part, she was absent from our lives. The first time I was sexually abused I was only five years old. I was molested several times by different individuals from the ages of 5-13. I never told and through the years I internalized all the feelings of pain and shame and took it upon myself. . I was never able to talk about it until going through counseling this year. Though I wasn’t raised in church, I was drawn to it from about the age of 8. It’s like I knew subconsciously that Jesus was the answer, a truth I would later come to know on a very personal level.  Due to teenage pregnancy, I married at 16.  I stayed in the marriage for 6 years, having a son and daughter. When the relationship finally ended in divorce, my husband was awarded custody of the children because he had established primary residence by keeping them from me for 10 months during our separation. It was at this time that drugs and alcohol entered my life. I didn’t know any other way to deal with the pain of losing my children. Using and drinking offered an escape from the pain that tormented me day and night. The next 17 years would be downward spiral each level lower than the one before. I was arrested for possession of drugs and sentenced to prison. I was in and out of one abusive relationship after another and the relationship with my children so badly broken it seemed nothing would ever change. I was completely lost and hopeless. I met Jesus in jail cell. I gave God an ultimatum that if he was real he was going to have to “show me”. Honestly, he hasn’t stopped showing me since. God has saved my life on several occasions and there is no doubt that it is only by His design that I am still alive, breathing, and fighting for a better life today. I believe that all He has brought me through was intended for such a time as this. Today, I am clean and sober from drugs and alcohol and working my recovery. My 6-yr. old daughter, Journey and I graduated from Son Shine Lighthouse on August 1, 2017. Shortly after, we entered a two-yr. program in Mt. Pleasant, Hope Ministries of Northeast Texas. We have a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment and we love it here! Journey started first grade and I am enrolled at Northeast Texas Community College, majoring in Executive Office Professional, A.A.S. We have something we didn’t have a year ago. We have Hope! Our lives were truly transformed during our time at Son Shine and we will forever be grateful!